One of CCBER’s goals is to restore diverse native habitats and plant communities with locally sourced seeds, and give them a weed-free window to get established on the landscape. Read on about how invasive weeds are being managed at NCOS to give the native seedlings a hand at establishing.
Earlier this month, CCBER Collections Manager Greg Wahlert presented to the California Native Plant Society about one of the chaparral's most iconic trees, the manzanita (genus Arctostaphylos). Read more about his research on their phylogeny and learn about identification!
As a result of last month's rain, Devereux Slough breached the sandbar and was temporarily connected with the ocean! Read on about how the hydrology of the restored wetlands at NCOS followed the prediction models, and for some cool time-lapse footage of the breach.
Earlier this month at a meeting of the Santa Barbara Entomologists, EEMB Master's student and CCBER Collection Staff Rachel Behm presented on her work on wasps in the subfamily Ophioninae in Santa Barbara.
CCBER has one of a few specimens of a giant sphinx moth from Mexico that has begun to be found in Santa Barbara. Read more about the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's study of the moth's occurrence and how citizens can help.
The NCOS restoration project provides opportunities for K-12 students to gain experience in all aspects of restoration ecology. Read on to learn how local students experience hands-on, place-based education.
Last Saturday, the Natural History Collections Club held an event to transcribe data for the insect collections. The event attracted participants from many different disciplines to get around 500 specimens from the online invertebrate database transcribed!
The Environmental Studies Citizen Science class took part in an iNaturalist bioblitz throughout campus under the guidance of their professor and CCBER staff. Read more about the three hours they spent recording observations of pollinators using their phone cameras and ingenuity.